Downtown Miami’s Top 10 Attractions

Historic landmarks, unique museums, cultural areas and fun adventures – there is so much to see in and around the Brickell/Downtown Miami area. From Miami’s latest addition of a science museum and monthly art exhibits with magnificent installations to historical landmarks that helped develop this iconic city, there is always something in the area that will more than likely astound you. Below we have listed the top 10 attractions in Brickell/Downtown Miami and nearby:

#1 Perez Art Museum


Miami’s forerunning art museum and cultural gem featuring contemporary art, waterfront views and massive hanging gardens with engaging installations in every room including outside the building.

Distance from Icon: (1.3 miles) 7-minute drive

#2 Frost Museum of Science


Miami’s latest attraction, this three-building science complex features a 500,000 gallon aquarium, netted aviary and massive planetarium that will marvel any visitor.

Distance from Icon: (1.4 miles) 8-minute drive

#3 Freedom Tower

An iconic building on the U.S. National Registry of Historic Places and also the former home of the Miami News. In the 1960’s it became a processing station for Cuban immigrants who were first exiled to Miami. This is Miami’s version of Ellis Island.

Distance from Icon: (1 mile away) 8-minute drive

#4 Olympia Theatre

This historic building opened in 1926 as a silent-movie palace, later screening talkies and stage Vaudeville acts. Today it hosts all types of events, including musicals, stand up comedy and film festivals. Guests are welcome to try the free event series in the lobby lounge every Wednesday, as well as a guided tour.

Distance from Icon: (1 mile away) 8-minute drive

#5 History Miami Museum

Located in Downtown Miami adjacent to the main library, the History Miami Museum features a permanent exhibit about South Florida history that is a must see for any new visitors.

Distance from Icon: (1 mile away) 10-minute drive

#6 Adrienne Arsht Center

Florida’s largest performing arts center that is located in the Downtown Miami neighborhood. The Arsht Center hosts approximately 400 performances and events each year, including Broadway hits such as Jersey Boys, The Phantom of The Opera and more.

Distance from Icon: (1.5 miles away) 8-minute drive

#7 American Airlines Arena
Aerial drone shot of the AA Arena at night home to the Miami Heat Basketball Team

The home of the championship-winning Miami Heat and an active entertainment staple hosting a variety of concerts from Andrea Bocelli to Drake. This iconic arena serves as the venue for multitude of events featuring sports and music legends.

Distance from Icon: (1.3 miles away) 20-minute drive

#8 Little Havana

Experience authentic Cuban cigar rolling, or the legendary cafecito and Cuban sandwich at Versailles. Perhaps even a spirited game of dominos at Maximo Gomez Park or some salsa dancing at Ball & Chain, this pre-1960 Havana haven that will have you feeling like you have taken a step back in time.

Distance from Icon: (4.8 miles away) 17-minute drive

#9 Parrot Jungle Island

Full of attractions, animal encounters, exciting experiences, zip lining, shows and delicious food. Jungle Island is the perfect place for an adventure with the family.

Distance from Icon: (3.6 miles away) 12-minute drive

#10 Wynwood

Hangout at the most trendsetting place in Miami with great breweries, unique restaurants, insta-worthy art murals and street art, independent films at O Cinema or browse through the Rubell Family Art Collection – Wynwood is full of fun activities to do.

Distance from Icon: (3.3 miles away) 14-minute drive

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